The Future Health of our Children

overweight childFor 46 years I have been the owner of Camp Shane Weight Loss camps for kids and teens. Close to 20,000 children have been through our programs and tens of thousands more have communicated with us. Not many folks have more experience than I have in understanding what is going on in the lives of families when it comes to overweight children and adolescents.

There is recent good news that 3-5 year old’s are showing improvement in their weight. We can only hope that this trend will continue. What about everyone over the age of five?

The sheer amount of false information about weight loss that is presented through the media is enormous and disheartening. Bold face lies are routinely put forth to the public on television and radio, in weight loss books, magazine articles, and by celebrities and weight loss products.

We now face an extreme medical crisis and it’s getting worse. We know being an overweight child can result in high cholesterol, heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, damaged kidneys, liver impairment, early puberty, Type 2 diabetes, depression and low self esteem. New research at the Mayo Clinic indicates that obesity might result in premature aging. Children are being diagnosed with diseases that used to be found only in adults and they are being placed on medications meant for adults. We don’t know what the long term consequences will be.

Can we change these scary facts? Yes, when parents have accurate knowledge of how to lead a healthy lifestyle they can help their children escape the consequences of childhood obesity. Your children cannot do it without you.

Contact me if you would like to discuss how Camp Shane can help your child.


David Ettenberg

Returning Staff Member – Auston Eldred

Auston - Staff MemberMy experience at Camp Shane last year was incredible! It doesn’t matter if you are part of the staff or a camper, your summer will be equally unforgettable. Camp Shane is an amazing place to help you both physically and mentally. It has this effect on you that breaks down walls and barriers you never realized existed until they came down. You are motivated to accomplish things you never thought were possible. You will make friends who will support you and it will leave an impression on you for the rest of your life. That is the reason why I am returning to Camp Shane!


Kale Chips – Loved by all – Great Snack

2 cups fresh kale, pulled into small piecesKale Chips - Great Snack
1/3 cup olive oil for light coating
½ tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon pepper
(You may substitute the salt and pepper for seasonings of your choice like cayenne pepper or herbs to your liking)

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Pull apart kale into small, bite-size pieces and place in bowl
  3. Pour olive oil over kale and add salt and pepper
  4. Mix together with hands in bowl. *Make sure not to over mix or kale will break down and become soft*
  5. Place coated kale on baking sheet and place in oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp
  6. Remove and let cool before serving

Nutrition Facts: Calories 73; Calories from Fat 44% Daily Value
*; Total Fat 4.9g; 8% Saturated Fat 0.6g; 3% Trans Fat 0.0g